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North Dakota Gov. Burgum announces tribal college apprenticeships with energy companies

The program is aimed at improving educational and employment opportunities for Native Americans across North Dakota.

Doug Burgum
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum joined leaders from the North Dakota Tribal College System to announce a new apprenticeship program developed in partnership with energy companies.

The program is aimed at improving educational and employment opportunities for Native Americans across the state, Burgum's office said in a news release.

Hess Corporation announced it will invest $12 million to provide tuition assistance, stipends and other support for establishing apprenticeships in a variety of industries.

The apprenticeships will be designed by each of the five tribal colleges in North Dakota based on the local job market and needs of their tribal communities.

Halliburton and Nabors Industries also will each invest $1 million in the new apprenticeship program.

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“Public-private partnerships can be transformative, and the program being launched today is another great example of our state’s private-sector partners believing and investing in the future of North Dakota,” Burgum said.

The new apprenticeship program is scheduled to launch in January.

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